Saturday, 14 January 2012

Football bigotry - no surprise there then!

The fact that adult males (and females, these days) enjoy wearing ridiculous coloured hats and scarves and standing around for hours in the cold watching a strange game where opposing teams seek to trip each other up and then hug and kiss one another when a goal is scored, never ceases to amaze me.
The rattle of a simple man!

And when I read that an ex referee (what a claim to fame) has published (allegedly) bigoted and obscene statements about Catholics in general and the Holy Father in particular, I find myself muttering to myself: "Just what did they expect?"

The old saying that 'Rugby is a game for hooligans played by gentlemen and football is a game for gentlemen played by hooligans' never rang more true.
The day that the press features news of a composition of the mass for four voices or a painting of the face of Christ, all done by a well known Centre Forward (do they call them that any longer?) - that's when I'll sit up and take notice.

But obscene invective, drivel from the rabble is a no news item as far as I'm concerned.

Say a prayer for the man and hope that he grows in intelligence and faith to understand just a fraction of what this world is all about.

That's what I'll do.

And if you wish to read a report of this outburst, please click bigotry.


  1. Many teams were started by Catholic churches/priests/communities.

    I do not think we should throw the baby out with the bath-water.

  2. Gareth - there is nothing inherently wrong with football. It is just that any Catholic element has been well and truly eradicated.

  3. Football oh you mean soccer .
    Football on australia is

    Rugby Union "game for hooligans played by gentleman"
    Rugby League-a gentlemans game played by hooligans (thugs)
    australian Rules football "a thugs game played by thugs"
    Soccer " football but not as we know it"

  4. Matthias - ha! ha!
    I grew up playing Gaelic Football (a game for visigoths played by huns!) in England of all places.